Brescia Art Gallery, or Pinacoteca, holds a notable collection of artworks by Raphael, Foppa, Savoldo, Moretto, Romanino, Lotto, Ceruti, Hayez, Thorvaldsen, Pelagi, Canella and Canova to name but a few. They are exhibited in 21 rooms reflecting the complex history of the gallery, guiding visitors also on a historical and critical tour that marked its structure from the late 14th century to the beginning of the 19th century.
The core of the Pinacoteca presents artists from Brescia during the Renaissance, whose main representatives are Vincenzo Foppa, Giovanni Gerolamo Savoldo, Girolamo Romanino and Alessandro Moretto. Together with canvases, visitors can appreciate numerous paintings known as ‘da cavalletto’ – or cabinet paintings – from the 17th and 18th centuries depicting themes inspired by Flemish and Netherlandish art: landscapes and marine paintings, still life, animals, pastoral scenes and satirical paintings, portraits, religious and secular themes. Other artists from Brescia specialised in genre art, like Antonio Cifrondi and Giacomo Ceruti, known as Pitocchetto (the little beggar).
The Pinacoteca offers an overview of art from Brescia and Italy, integrated by an exhibition of decorative artworks from the same period – using gold, ivory, enamel, glaze, medals, glass, plaques. Chronologically, the exhibition reaches the first half of the 19th century, showing commissions by Paolo Tosio, Leopardo Martinengo da Barco, and Camillo Brozzoni.
TOSIO MARTINENGO ART GALLERY